The Chesterton High
School Speech team placed second at the Valparaiso High School Speech
Invitational this past weekend. The combined novice/varsity tournament fell
victim to the weather with three schools canceling due to the snow. Of the
eight schools in attendance, there were an additional 50 dropped entries the
morning of the tournament. Despite the weather issues, it turned out to be a
The 125 students
attending competed in four straight rounds in both divisions. CHS had six
varsity champions and three novice champions. All 25 of the team’s entries
placed at the tournament.
Leading the varsity
squad were senior Bryn Jackson and sophomore AJ Stirling, both winning two
events. Jackson was the tournament champion in broadcasting, as well as
original oratory. Stirling, for the second straight weekend, won both
dramatic interpretation and programmed oral interpretation (POI). Following
Stirling in POI was senior Paige Donovan, placing third. This was Donovan’s
first tournament competing in POI.
champions included seniors Josh Hogan and Leaha Estes. Hogan won humorous
interpretation for the second straight weekend, and Estes was the tournament
champion in prose reading. Hogan and his partner, senior Logan Summers,
placed second in duo interpretation.
Leady placed in two varsity events, taking second in drama and third in
original oratory. Fellow sophomore Indie Loving also placed in two events,
with a fifth in humor and a fourth, along with his partner sophomore Anekah
Fish, in duo. Fish also placed fifth in varsity broadcasting. In addition,
junior Spencer Summers was second in varsity poetry reading, and sophomore
Steven Skelton placed third in original performance.
Winning in the
novice division, were three freshmen. Anna Sanders won original oratory,
Rebecca Mueller won informative speaking and Mei Pantuso took top honors in
POI. Joining Sanders in oratory was freshman Abbey Wilcox, placing third.
A number of others
placing in the novice division were freshmen. Paul Kennedy was fourth in
discussion, along with Anne Pruitt who was sixth. The duo team of Anthony
Evans and Tyler Gudeman finished in fifth, John Petro was sixth in
broadcasting, and Anais Juliano placed seventh in impromptu. Sophomore
Giselle Hood placed seventh in novice humor.
“We had a lot go
well for us today, but we also have a lot to work on over the break,” said
Coach Eric Schaefer. “We may travel to Fishers in January and that will be a
very competitive tournament.”
Chesterton came in
second (with 43 points) to the tournament champs, Culver Academies (51
points). Third place went to Bishop Noll with 33 points, fourth to Munster
with 28 points, and fifth to Crown Point with 26 points.
and Bob Kelly had help with judging duties from several parents. Joining the
team were Claire Mueller, Michael Fish, Diane Zielinski, Kristin Pruitt, and